Both University of Maryland basketball teams are in the Big Dance this year. March Madness officially kicks off Thursday on the men’s side, Friday for the women.
Seeded 8th, the Maryland men face No. 9 seed West Virginia Mountaineers in the first round of 64 at noon on March 16. It will be televised on CBS. The Terrapin women, seeded No. 2, host No. 15-seed Holy Cross at Xfinity Center College Park, on Friday, March 17. The time is still to be determined.
2023 March Madness the first for MD online sports betting
Maryland bettors have much to be excited about this year. Both UMD teams are in contention, and for the first time, fans in The Old Line State can bet on the Terrapins from the comfort of their homes. Maryland online sports betting launched last November.
March Madness runs from March 16 through April 3 for the men. The women’s bracket runs from March 17 to Sunday, April 2. First Four games to complete brackets take place Tuesday for the men and Wednesday for the women.
After the First Four games, a total of 64 teams will compete in bracket-style, single-elimination games. Maryland casinos are offering special promotions during the tournaments, and most bars in the state will be televising the games.
Both UMD teams higher seeds in first round
The UMD men enter the Dance with a 21-12 record. Their clash with the Mountaineers is a rematch from 2015, when the Terps fell in that year’s second round. The game is at Legacy Arena in Birmingham, AL.
The Maryland women (25-6) should have an easier time against Holy Cross (24-8) on Friday. The women’s last appearance in the Final Four was in 2015. The team last won an NCAA championship in 2006.
Viewers can watch men’s and women’s games on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV. Other outlets, like Direct TV Stream, fuboTV, YouTube TV and Sling, will be streaming games live. Those looking to head out to Birmingham or Xfinity Center to watch the Terrapins live can find tickets on StubHub, SeatGeek or Vivid Seats.
Some Maryland casinos offering March Madness promotions
Some Maryland casinos will offer promotions during the tournament.
Maryland Live! Casino: Mystery Madness
From March 15 through April 3, earn 100 tier credits in a single day and head to any promotional kiosk and play the Mystery Madness game. Play every day for a chance to win $5,000 in casino slot play.
MGM National Harbor: Free Pull Frenzy
From 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. on March 19, earn $1.25 slot dollars or 600 tier credits from table play. Get a free pull between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. for a chance to win free play or a shot at five max bet spins on a Top Dollar slot machine.
Sportsbooks in Maryland getting in on the action
With this being the first time you can bet on March Madness games online in the state, several Maryland sportsbooks welcome bonuses are available.
- Wager between $20 and $100 to receive a $100 bet credit, win or lose
- Bet more than $100 up to $1,500 and Caesars will refund the full amount as a bet credit if you lose
- Promo code: COVERSBONUSPICS
- Deposit at least $10 to be eligible for BetMGM promo of up to $1,000 paid back in bonus bets
- Wager up to $1,000 and receive that amount back in 20% denominations on wagers of $50 or more.
- No promo code required
- Deposit at least $10 and wager up to $20 to get 10 times the wager’s value up to a maximum of $200 in FanDuel bets, win or lose
- No promo code required
- Offer valid until March 19
- Deposit at least $10 on BetRivers to qualify
- Wager up to $500 and receive a bonus bet up to the amount of your bet if you lose
- Promo code: SPORTS